- Eat at Sardis
Sardis is a restaurant in the Theater District that is famous for the hundreds of caricatures of ‘show-biz’ celebrities. When you eat here you can play guess who will all the people on the walls.
- Visit Alexander Hamilton
If you have listened to Hamilton you will know that Alexander Hamilton was buried in the Trinity Church Cemetery and if you visit this cemetery, Angelica and Eliza are also there. If you are a big Hamilton fan this might make for an interesting day trip.
Bake a pie while listening to the entire Waitress album. To get the full experience, you should invent a new pie and give it a Jenna approved name.
A lot of Broadway shows are actually based on books! If you are in a Broadway mood but don’t want to leave your bed, you can pick up a book that inspired your favorite show. Some of these books could be Wicked by Gregory Maguire, Alexander Hamilton by Ron Chernow, or My Love, My Love by Rosa Guy.
- Triton Gallery
Triton Gallery is a gallery dedicated to theatrical art and posters. Come here to check out all of the art, past and present, and maybe treat yourself to a poster or two.
- Lincoln Center Library
Also known as the New York Public Library for the Performing Arts, this library is full of everything a theater lover could ever want including the Theatre on Film and Tape Archive. You could spend hours here.
- Drama Bookshop
This bookshop is not any ordinary bookshop! It was founded by the Drama League and stocks over 8,000 plays. This is the perfect place for you to find your new favorite show.
- Shubert Alley
Get your photoshoot on in Shubert Alley! Shubert Alley is in the heart of the theater district and is covered in posters for currently running Broadway shows.
Have a good old fashioned dance party to your favorite show tunes.
Schmackary’s is a Broadway staple. Come here at the end of the day to treat yourself with a delicious cookie… or two.
If you are like me, you love listening to cast albums and are always looking for the next show to obsess over (you can only listen to Hamilton so many times). So here are some Musical Theatre songs you might not know that are worth a listen or two.
“Like It Here” (The Hinterlands)
This song is from The Hinterlands, a six part musical miniseries that you can find online here, and this song is just so moving that you will have to listen to it again immediately.
“Lost in the Brass” (Band Geeks)
If you were ever in the band, you will like this song.
“Leave Luanne” (35MM)
35MM is a ‘musical exhibition’ by Ryan Scott Oliver where each song is based on a different photograph. This entire album is definitely worth a listen, but if you only have time for one song, this is it!
“Michael in the Bathroom” (Be More Chill)
This show has gotten much more popular in the last year, and for good reason! Be More Chill is what happens when you mix Little Shop of Horrors and 13. And “Michael in the Bathroom” is the show stopping number that we can all relate to, who hasn’t felt awkward at a party before?
“Stroke by Stroke” (Jasper in Deadland)
This is the song that you will still be singing in the shower three days later.
“Way Down Hadestown” (Hadestown)
This musical adaptation of the Greek Orpheus and Eurydice myth was recorded live and you will fall in love with the music.
Going to see a Broadway show is an incredible experience, but it can also be very expensive. So here are 6 ways you can see a Broadway show without breaking the bank.
Many shows will sell rush tickets the day of the show for a discounted rate. These tickets are great, and usually under $60! However, to get these tickets you will have to be at the box office when they open in the morning. Here is a list of all Broadway shows that sell rush tickets.
Shows will often also do both digital and in person lotteries. These are great ways to get cheap tickets and the seats are usually good. But it is not a guarantee that you will get any tickets, so this method is better for someone who will be in the area anyway. For a list of all Broadway lotteries and how to enter, click here.
There are many special discounts out there if you are under a certain age. If you sign up for HIPTIX you have access to $25 tickets to Roundabout productions. With a LincTix membership you can get $32 tickets to Lincoln Center Poductions. The Manhattan Theatre Club also has a 30 under 30 deal, where if you are under 30 years old you can get tickets for $30.
These are all websites that you can get discounted tickets on.
- TKTS Booth
There are multiple TKTS Booths around the city, but the most notable one is in Times Square. At the booth you can easily get discounted tickets!
Often you can get significant discounts on tickets if you buy them in bulk. So get a gaggle of friends and go enjoy a show!
Stephen Sondheim’s impact on theater is incalculable. Every theater kid has at least one Sondheim song in their back pocket at all times, and many can cite a Sondheim piece having some sort of significant impact on their lives.
So, in honor of Sondheim’s birthday, here are 10 of Sondheim’s best songs and our favorite lines from each.
Finishing the Hat
And how you’re always turning back too late / From the grass or the stick / Or the dog or the light
Somebody, sit in my chair / And ruin my sleep / And make me aware / Of being alive
The Ballad of Sweeney Todd
Attend the tale of Sweeney Todd
No more giants waging war / Can’t we just pursue our lives, with our children and our wives / ‘Til that happy day arrives, how do you ignore / All the witches, all the curses/ All the wolves, all the lies, the false hopes, the good-bye’s, the reverses
I rewrote the rewrite
The Ladies Who Lunch
Keeping house but clutching a copy of Life / Just to keep in touch
Send in the Clowns
Isn’t it rich? / Isn’t it queer? / Losing my timing this late in my career
The Glamorous Life
Ordinary mothers needn’t meet committees / But ordinary mothers don’t get keys to cities / No, ordinary mothers merely see their children all year / Which is lovely, I hear
Children Will Listen
Careful the wish you make / Wishes are children / Careful the path they take / Wishes come true / Not free
Every Day a Little Death
He smiles sweetly / Strokes my hair, says he misses me / I would murder him right there / But first I die
We have all had experiences with an annoying audience member. Unfortunately, it’s a common occurrence. But most of these ‘bad audience members’ don’t understand how they are disrupting the experience for other audience members.
Since NO ONE wants to be the bad seed, here are five easy steps to turn you into the model audience member.
1. Turn off your phone:
Like off off… or airplane mode. And please don’t just switch your phone to vibrate and then think you’re good, we can still hear it when you get a notification.
2. Put your phone away:
Put it away! In a pocket or a bag or your shoe, just get it out of your sight because if it’s in your lap you will be tempted to check it. Also if it lights up, it will disturb everyone around you.
3. Don’t sing along:
You will be tempted, the music is amazing and I am sure that you sound great, but the audience came to see and hear the actors perform the material. So please keep quiet, and then once you get out of the theater, please sing away.
4. Please don’t talk:
Just don’t. And yes, talking through the overture does count! The overture is the time for the orchestra to show off, so enjoy it… but quietly.
5. Be a respectful snacker:
We can all agree that snacks are amazing. But please, when you are at a show, try to snack quietly. There is nothing more distracting than the crinkling of candy wrappers.
Follow these steps and you will never again be called a bad audience member!
After a successful run at Second Stage’s Off-Broadway theatre, Harvey Fiersten’s TORCH SONG returns to its original home on Broadway for a limited engagement! Returning to this production are stars Michael Urie and Mercedes Ruehl. Fiercely funny and heart wrenching TORCH SONG follows Arnold Beckoff’s odyssey to find happiness in New York. All he wants is a husband, a child and a pair of bunny slippers that fit, but a visit from his overbearing mother reminds him that he needs one thing more: respect. TORCH SONG begins previews on October 9, with an official opening night of November 1.
Who doesn’t adore Bernadette Peters?
She has been amazing Broadway audiences for 59 years starting with her 1959 Broadway debut in The Most Happy Fella. She has one of the most recognizable names, voices, and hair in Broadway and she turned 70 yesterday!
To celebrate Bernadette Peters’s Birthday, let’s take a look at some of our favorite Bernadette moments.
This song has been sung by many many different and amazing performers, but Bernadette’s version really brings out the water works.
If you are a Broadway fan you really should watch all of the Sondheim Birthday Concert. In the meantime, take in the awesomeness that is this performance.
It’s crazy to look back on Peters receiving her first Tony award in 1986 for Song and Dance.
Carol Burnett AND Bernadette Peters in a sketch together? What could be better?
This performance is pure magic.
We are so excited to have Bernadette ‘back where she belongs’ in Hello Dolly! Get tickets here if you want to see this legend in action!
It has been a busy week on Broadway, full of star-studded casting announcements!
Katherine McPhee to make Broadway debut in Waitress: American Idol and Smash star Katherine McPhee will make her Broadway debut as the lead role of Jenna in Waitress from April 10 through June 17. She will take over the role from the show’s songwriter, Sara Bareilles, who is set to depart the show on March 11.
David Cook to join the cast of Kinky Boots: American Idol winner David Cook is set to strap on those red heels in the cast of Kinky Boots from April 3 to May 5. He will take over the role of Charlie Price from Scissor Sisters singer Jake Shears, who’s final performance is set for April 1.
Harry Connick Jr. sets his sights on Broadway: Last seen on Broadway in The Pajama Game, Connick Jr. has joined the upcoming out-of-town tryout of The Sting, a musical adaptation of the 1973 Oscar-winning film.
Hello, Betty Buckley!: The upcoming tour of the Tony-winning revival Hello, Dolly! has been announced, with Betty Buckley at the helm as Dolly Gallagher Levi. The first national tour will begin on October 12 at Playhouse Square in Cleveland, OH, with more dates and cities to be announced.
Is one day dedicated to love just not enough for you?
Want to keep the Valentine’s day magic going?
Well, there’s no better way to celebrate love than enjoying some of the best Broadway love songs!
So grab your headphones or your speaker, sit back and revisit some of the classics with “On the Street Where You Live” and “Some Enchanted Evening”, and join Eliza in falling for
Lin-Manuel Miranda Alexander while listening to “Helpless”.
Broadway has it’s (three) Donna Summer(s)! LaChanze, Ariana DeBose and Storm Lever will reprise their roles as “Diva Donna,” “Disco Donna” and “Duckling Donna” in “Summer: The Donna Summer Musical.” The trio originated the roles in a developmental production at the La Jolla Playhouse in late 2017. Previews begin on March 28 with an opening night slated for April 23.
- Told through the dramatic lens of her final concert, Summer: The Donna Summer Musical presents the complexities and conflicts the famed songwriter and singer faced in her meteoric rise and descent. The show features a score with more than 20 of Summer’s classic hits including “Love to Love You, Baby,” “Bad Girls” and “Hot Stuff.”